Blind People's Association (India)

Promoting comprehensive rehabilitation of persons with all categories of disabilities through education, training, employment, community based rehabilitation, integrated education, research, publications, human resource development and other innovative means.
Sep 29, 2015

Seeing-is-believing makes further progress

Camp in rural areas attract big number of people
Camp in rural areas attract big number of people

Seeing-is-believing has made further in respect of expansion of its capacity to conduct better quality eye surgeries. With the launch of modular & Laminar operation theatre, the project is now providing high quality eye surgeries either completely free of cost or at affordable cost. The holding organization, Blind Peoples' Association has now become member of Vision 2020, a national level which coordinates promotion of eye health. The representatives of the project participated in a series of meeings on developing National Strategy on Vision 2020. The representative of the organization also participated in the National Seminar conducted by Vision 2020 at All India Insitute of Medical Sciences, new Delhi during 26th and 27th September, 2015. He presented a paper on "Low Vision and Need for Promotion of Community Based Rehabilitation". He also participated in Group Discussion on Low Vision Strategy. Thus the project now is sharing its experience at national level.

Thanks to our donors and well wishers that now we are able to promote both our campaigns "Save Sight Ahmedabad" and Cataract Free Sabarkantha" more aggressively. To ensure reach to all needy persons with eye problems, the project has established 4 vision centres, 3 in the rural areas and 1 in the urban area.

Our target for the year 2015 is to complete 15,000 eye surgeries. We shall need support of all our exising donors and add new donors to achieve this target. We expect all our more than 500 existing donors to make contributions generously to enable to achieve this target.

Ramesh is now the happiest person
Ramesh is now the happiest person
Shardaben can cook her meals again on her own
Shardaben can cook her meals again on her own
Rupaben is back to her fields
Rupaben is back to her fields
Jun 22, 2015

Operation Theatre at Eye Hospital is Modular

Patients waiting for eye check before discharge
Patients waiting for eye check before discharge

The Operation Theatre at the project "Seeing-is-believing" becomes high tech now. The organization has deecided to upgraded the operation theatre using laminar and modular technologies. With this upgradation, the operation theatre will reduce the risk of infection to almost negligible. This is one of the few charity eye hospital which is using latest technology for its operation theatre. The new theatre would be operational from 29th June, 2015.

Both the projects "Cataract Free Sabarkantha" as well as "Save Vision Ahmedabad" are progressing very well. One housing finance company has come forward to extend support for the later project. Our team of motivated donors in USA are extending excellent support for our Catract Free Sabarkantha project. Now there is demand to set up 2 additional Vision Centres, one each at 2 different locations in the district of Sabarkantha. With the expansion of concept of Vision Centres, more people having eye problems from remote areas would be able to access services of eye health.

The organization has already initiated a project of rehabiltiation of persons wtih disabilities in Banaskantha districts, comparatively backward district of Gujarat. Now the people of that distict are also demanding eye heath services including eye surgeries. The organization is exploring posssibilities of establishing vision cetres in that district and extend services of eye health.

The organization has already acquired equipment for handling cases having retina complications. The project has initiatted providing services on retina care. Similalry, the project is also handling cases having diabetic retinopathy and has established facilites for providing lazer treatment for the same.

The statistical performance of project during last 3 months is given below:

S.N  Name of the procedure   Number of Surgeries

1       Cataract                                  2914

2      Glaucoma                                       6

3     Chelezion                                      11

4     Keratoplasty                                   1

5     Posterior Capsular Opacity     143

6     Ptryrisium                                     73

7     Squint                                             1

      Total                                         3149

With the improvement of facilities at the operation Theatre, number of interventions and surgeries are expected to increase.

A Group of Vision after surgery
A Group of Vision after surgery
Another group of post operative patients
Another group of post operative patients
Smile of satisfaction of a elderly patient
Smile of satisfaction of a elderly patient
Ambassador of Goodwill
Ambassador of Goodwill
Mar 24, 2015

Bareja Eye Hospital makes further progress

Amritaben is full of life of surgery
Amritaben is full of life of surgery

Statistical report of Blind People’s Association-Bareja Hospital for the year – 2014

(1st of October TO 31st of December- 2014)

S.N Name of the procedure Number of Surgeries

1         Cataract                     3120

2         AGS (Glaucoma)             2

3         Chelezion                        7

4         Keratoplasty                    0

5         Posterior Capsular Opacity (PCO)  248

6         Ptryrisium                       87

7         Squint                             1

           Total                          3465

(Three Thousand Four Hundred Sixty Five only)

During 1st of October 2014 to 31st of December 2014 a total number of 3465 patients had undergone surgery at Navalbhai and Hiraba Eye Hospital, An unit of Blind People Association, Bareja at which 3120 had undergone surgery for cataract which is the most leading cause of blindness in India.

During the reporting period (1st of October 2014 to 31st of December 2014), 92 outreach programs had been organized in remote locations of Gujarat where 11240 patients were provided treatment at their doorstep and among them 2451 patients were identified as cataract and 985 undergone surgeries at Bareja Hospital.  

Mega eye checkup camps were organized at Vatak, Modasa with the support of Samata Vikash Charitable Trust as a part of Sabarkantha Cataract Free Campaign; and at Isanpur, Dholka, Bavala, Vatva, Bagodara with the support of Arrez Khambata Benevolent Trust as a part of Save Sight Ahmedabad campaign.

New laundry unit started at the hospital premises in order to provide sterile clothes to doctors, assisting staffs and patients.

Dr. Bhushan Punani, Executive Secretary of the organization participated in Strategic Planning meeting of Vision 2020 held at Pune on 18th November, 2014. The Vision 2020 has set up a National Consortium for promoting services of low vision at national level. The next meeting of the envisaged consortium was held in Delhi on 20th March, 2015. This meeting was attended was representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Orbis International, Sight Savers, CBM and other leading international organizations.

Thus BPA is a part of National Consortium on Vision 2020 and thus eye hospital will contribute towards promotion of low vision services - a great achievement indeed.

Mr. Dharmedra Jena, Manager, Eye Hospital participated in a national level meeting organized by CBM at Bhopal during 17th to 20th March, 2015 on Project Cycle Management Approach which will provide new professional insight into project management.

Bhuriben is back to field work after surgery
Bhuriben is back to field work after surgery
Dilkiben can see the world once again
Dilkiben can see the world once again
Group of patinets ready to leave for their homes
Group of patinets ready to leave for their homes
 
   

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